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Medieval divide between Muslims and Christians

The boundary between the medieval Muslim and Christian worlds was very fluid and certain individuals had no difficulty moving from one world to the other

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From Roman Temple to Christian church

Last month I was in Rome and one theme of my trip was looking at pagan temples of the Roman period that were then converted into Christian churches during the Middle Ages. Here we see how the Temple to Faustina…

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Pantheon in Rome – the great survivor!

I was in Rome last month and saw evidence of pagan temples converted into Christian churches – either being converted for new use or rebuilt using materials from the old temple. One of the most magnificent Roman buildings in Rome…

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Knights Templar links to the Cathar heresy

There were links between the Knights Templar and the Cathars or Albigensian heresy that might explain why the King of France crushed the Templars

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My visit to medieval Florence in 2007 – a photo gallery

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Good Friday – explained in a procession in Portugal

Good Friday is always acted out in a procession during the feast of Our Lady of Agony in Viana do Castelo in northern Portugal

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Via Dolorosa – the journey continues!

I left you at the flagellation of Jesus in the last blog post. Then I walked on down the Via Dolorosa to the prison where Christ was held, a church run by the Greek Orthodox church…and after that his first…

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The cult of Santa Muerte claims some victims

A growing number of people in Mexico are turning to the worship of Saint Death – a figure who appears to be a combination of Catholic imagery with pre-Columbian beliefs. This blending of religious beliefs is called ‘syncretism’ and is…

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Why did England expel the Jews in the Middle Ages?

It’s not the most pleasant episode in English medieval history to look back on but it happened during the Templar period and we can’t ignore it. I’m writing about the expulsion of the Jews from England. Fortunately, we have an…

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The more bizarre and strange saints

The Catholic church is full of strange saints with very odd stories as Templar expert Tony McMahon discovers with a bit of digging around

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